2020 Class Listing

**This is not the full class listing, classes will continue to be added as we get them on the schedule.**





HUB Garden Classes

These classes are held in one of our HUB Community Gardens and are designed to help you get the most from your garden and the seasonal produce it yields. They are free and open to anyone interested. Please join us in one or all of the gardens! Keep checking back for Environmental Education Workshops coming to these gardens later this summer.  Dates, places and times to be announced in the near future – check back soon.

Hub Garden classes are sponsored in part through a generous grant from the Duke Energy Foundation.


Course Descriptions


How to Cook the Best Diet for You

Date: Thursday, February 27th, 6-8:30 pm
Kate Zaidan, Dean’s Mediterranean Imports
Cost: $35 (includes all food and wine)
Skill Level: 

Maybe you just got back from a sunny vacation and can’t get over how vibrant the people living in the area look. Maybe you’re looking for a way to jump start a healthier lifestyle. Whatever your reasons for looking into the Mediterranean diet, it’s an excellent choice.

Join Kate Zaidan, second generation proprietor at Dean’s Mediterranean Imports at Findlay Market, for a hands-on exploration of the basics of Mediterranean Cooking for food that is healthy, delicious, fast and affordable. The ethos of the Mediterranean Diet is simple: start with super fresh, high quality, whole ingredients. Use them to make simple, nourishing dishes. And perhaps most importantly, eat them slowly, with friends (and a glass of wine never hurts!). CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Trees & the Human Connection to Nature

Date: Thursday, March 5th, 6-8pm
Greg Torres, CGC Horticulturalist
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers, call us to register)

Join CGC Horticulturalist Greg Torres for a deep dive into the world of trees and how they influence the human connection to nature. This class will look closely at the crucial role trees play across different environments, the ample resources created by healthy trees, and the way in which people can benefit from coexisting with trees. This class will also give information on what the Civic Garden Center is doing to restore local forests and how you can get involved. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Essentials of Vegetable Gardening Series

Dates: Wednesdays, March 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, 6-8pm
Instructors: Sarah Stolz, Aaron Habig, Lisa C. Andrews, Greg Potter
$50 for the 4 class series (classes also available as an individual class at $15)

This 4 part series is great for beginner gardeners and longtime gardeners alike. This series will introduce the basics of vegetable gardening as well as take a deeper dive into topics such as the importance of soil health for your plants, how to incorporate your harvest into the kitchen, and how to start vegetables from seed. See class descriptions below. Whether 2020 is your first growing season or your 20th, this series has something for every gardener out there. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.


Basic Organic Vegetable Gardening

Date: Wednesday, March 4th, 6-8pm
Instructor: Sarah Stolz , Campbell County Extension Agent for Horticulture
$15 (free for CGC volunteers, call us to register)

Calling all beginner gardeners! Join Sarah Stolz to learn the basics of garden management including how to plant, maintain and harvest your garden. Topics will include timing the vegetable garden, seasonal considerations, variety selection, companion planting, and implementing BMP’s into your garden. She will also cover common pests and diseases. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

The Importance of Soil Health

Date: Wednesday, March 11th, 6-8pm
Instructor: Aaron Habig, Earthwork Technician, Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers, call us to register)

This class will provide an introduction to basic soil science and discuss the importance of conserving and cultivating a biologically active soil to grow healthy plants. The seasonal cycle of soil as well as composting, green manure and cover crops will be reviewed as part of a strategy to build fertile soil. Soil testing kits will be available. The cost of the soil test for Hamilton County residents within a Hamilton County Stormwater District jurisdiction is $5 per test, Limit 2 test kits. For gardeners living outside of a Hamilton County SW Jurisdiction or outside Hamilton County, the fee is $12 per test. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Gardening Healthy Traditions: Perspectives on Nutrition & Food Preparation

Date: Wednesday, March 18th, 6-8pm
Instructor: Lisa C. Andrews, MEd, RD, LD Owner/Nutrition Consultant Sound Bites Nutrition, LLC and Greg Potter, Community Gardens Coordinator, Civic Garden Center
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers, call us to register)

Put your garden to use! Join Lisa Andrews for an overview about nutrition and eating a healthy diet including whole foods, fruits and vegetables. Additional topics covered include: growing, cooking, preserving, and eating healthy food. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Seed Starting and Thriving Garden Practices

Date: Wednesday, March 25th, 6-8pm
Instructor: Greg Potter, Community Gardens Coordinator, Civic Garden Center
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers, call us to register)

Learn the process of starting plants from seed both indoors and out. In addition this class will cover the topics of crop rotation, beneficial insects, weeding, mulching and more. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Spring Backyard Composting

Date: Tuesday, March 24th, 6-7:30pm
Kylie Johnson, Green Learning Station Coordinator
Cost:$15 (free for CGC volunteers, call us to register)

Do you want to start a compost pile but have no idea how to even begin? Come learn the basics about composting to get you started. This class is an excellent introduction to why we compost, different styles of composting, and how to compost. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Apple Tree Grafting

Date: Thursday, March 26th, 6-8pm
David Koester, UK Boone County Extension Service
$15 (free for CGC volunteers, call us to register)

Learn the basics of grafting apple trees. David Koester of the UK Boone County Extension Service, will provide instruction in the different techniques for grafting apple trees. The rootstock, scionwood and tools needed to graft apple trees will be provided. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Seed Saving and Sharing

Date: Wednesday, April 1st, 6-8pm
Instructor: Ben Cohen, founder of Michigan Seed Library and seed producer for Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Cost: Cost: $15 ($5 for volunteers)

You have seen the stunning varieties in the Baker Creek catalog, come meet one of the growers that makes that beauty happen. Join us for a fun and informative seed saving workshop! Learn how to harvest, clean and store seeds from many of your favorite garden vegetables including tomatoes, peppers, melons, squash, beans and more! Use this information to help you decide which varieties to plant this year! This lecture will include live demonstrations on many techniques as well as hands on learning opportunities for those in attendance. We can guarantee that you will go home with some seeds and plenty of knowledge. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Ben Cohen, author, herbalist, gardener, seed saver and wanderer.  Founder of Michigan Seed Library, he has worked to establish nearly seventy seed library programs. Ben offers workshops and lectures nationally on the benefits of living closer to the land. He finds himself at home wherever his hands are in the soil, sowing the seeds of yesterday to reap the bountiful harvest of tomorrow. Ben will also be signing copies of his book, Saving Our Seeds, after the workshop.

Rain Barrels at Rhinegeist

Date: Wednesday, April 22nd, 7-8pm
Location: Rhinegeist Brewery, 1910 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Instructor: Kate Cook, Garden Manager at Carriage House Farms
Cost: $65 (includes rain barrel), or $80 (1 rain barrel included for 2 class participants)

Looking for a new addition to your garden? Join Kate Cook in building your own rain barrel in the Rhinegeist taproom! Rhinegeist will provide the barrels (recycled from the brewery) and the Civic Garden Center will provide the kits needed to turn them into a rain barrel. All you need to do is show up, grab a beer, and get ready for an exciting evening of rain barrel building. REGISTER HERE.